Wyoming Collections

General Comments

These separate reference and nonfiction Wyoming collections emphasize, but are not limited to, the government, politics, and economics of Wyoming; geography, travel, and history; flora and fauna; environment and the outdoors; education; poetry and prose about Wyoming; Wyoming art; county histories; biographical and genealogical sources. Much of the Wyoming Collection is procured through electronic resources; the print collection continues to be developed in all Wyoming subject areas.

Wyoming statutes, codes, and regulations are housed as part of the Wyoming reference collection. The Wyoming state documents collection, the State Data Center Affiliate collection, and the Wyoming vertical file all support both collections.

Development Plan

Many subjects are covered in the Wyoming collections. However, since both collections are so small, a collection development statement by Dewey hundreds is not provided.
  • History and geography sources are developed and maintained.
  • Books by Wyoming authors are developed and maintained.
  • Books about the state of Wyoming, northeastern Wyoming, Campbell County, and other counties and their cities are developed and maintained.
  • Older out-of-print works that meet the above objective and scope criteria are maintained.
  • Multiple copies of popular titles are purchased.

Influencing Factors

Purchases and buying patterns are determined in large part by:
  • electronic/Internet sources availability.
  • new works.
  • budget constraints.
  • present and potential relevance to the community.
  • patron requests.


  • Since these are archival collections, materials are discarded judiciously.
  • Materials are weeded only for the most obvious physical wear or inaccuracies and repurchased if available.
  • Decisions to rebind are made on a case by case basis.